My students come from the beautiful north woods of northern Minnesota, where the school is the hub of the community and family roots run deep. The school is the heart of this small, rural area, which continues to keep this once thriving farming, logging, and manufacturing area prosperous.
My students come from modest to low-income hard-working families.
As a Title I school with over one third of our population receiving free and reduced-price meals and few cultural resources, my students and families look to the school to connect them and inform them about the world outside of their family and community as well as help them appreciate their roots.
Science is the study of the natural world. The goal of this project is to get students out of the classroom in order to observe and ask questions about the natural world around them. Observations and questions they generate will lead to whole group, small group, and individual scientific investigations.
Observation leads to curiosity.
We cannot wonder about what we are not exposed to. These supplies will offer students the opportunity to observe outside of the classroom. Students will leave the classroom setting and travel to our school's 80 acre forest, field, and wetlands to observe as well as explore the school's grounds.
The binoculars and field guides will also give students the tools they need to help them go beyond sparking curiosity and into deeper studies and investigations. Through Genius Hour, science lessons, and the spring science fair, students will have opportunities to extend their curiosities through the practice science and engineering.
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